Tripp became a third-generation linebacker at Montana when he followed his father, Bryan, and his grandfather, Gene. But Jordan became the first member of his family to get drafted when the Dolphins selected him with their second pick in the fifth round.
“Growing up playing ball here, my grandfather played, my dad played linebacker, so I have a football background,” Tripp said. “They were always at my games coaching me when I was a little kid, helping me throughout the process. Football has been in my blood since I’ve been a little kid. It’s always been a dream. They never pushed me to play football. It was just a love and a passion that I’ve always had, and still have today.”
Tripp, 6-3, 234, was taken with the 171st overall selection, which was obtained Friday night in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers.
Tripp was among the 2013 finalists for the Buck Buchanan as the top small-school defensive player in the country. Tripp started 25 games during his career at Montana and can play both inside or outside linebacker.
In addition, Tripp played on special teams and also has plenty of long-snapping experience.
As became a pattern in this draft for the Dolphins, Tripp was a team captain. He says Dolphins fans can expect all-out effort from him.
“They’re going to see somebody who resembles a team player and just puts their heart out there for the team,” Tripp said. “I’m going to do everything I can. Just for Dolphins fans, they’re going to see a player who is just in love with that organization and is going to do everything he can to get that win on whatever day the game is. This is awesome.”
Tripp is the third player from Montana drafted by the Dolphins in the past seven years, following defensive back
Tripp wasn’t highly recruited out of high school and said he accepted Montana’s scholarship offer “on the spot.”
It was around his junior year that Tripp said he began thinking the NFL was a possibility for him. He certainly helped his cause with his showing in the postseason all-star games, earning a late invitation to the Senior Bowl after he impressed at the East-West Shrine Game.
“I thought I just showed them the way I can run on the field as far as run and hit, physicality, my coverage ability, my run-stop abilities and also my football IQ,” Tripp said. “I thought they took that into consideration. I can’t thank (Senior Bowl executive director) Phil Savage enough for allowing me to play on that platform. Possibly today I wouldn’t have had this call had he not given me the opportunity. To play in the Senior Bowl and had the coaches I’ve had at Montana has given me this opportunity is just awesome.”